UPDATE: Capitol Hill Chase Driver Suffered Emotional Issues

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATED: Fri 10:17 AM, Oct. 04, 2013

(CBS News) New information has emerged on the woman who ran her car into a White House barrier Thursday, then took off toward Capitol Hill.

The chase ended when police shot and killed her. She was driving with her 1-year-old daughter in the back seat.

CBS News' Bob Orr reports from Washington that multiple law enforcement sources say a driver's license and car registration found at the shooting scene identify the woman as Miriam Carey, 34, a licensed dental hygienist of Stamford, Conn.

Relatives and friends have suggested she may have been battling some form of depression, but investigators Friday morning still didn't know what triggered the frightening car chase and shooting that played out between the White House and the Capitol.

Late Thursday night, officials in full hazmat suits evacuated the apartment complex where Carey lived as they searched for clues about what led to the episode.

CBS News' John Miller, a former FBI assistant director, reports that the people who worked with Carey said she was upbeat, happy and normal, but in April 2012 she fell on some stairs and injured her head.

Carey received a handicapped parking permit because of the injury, Miller reports. Then doctors from the medical suite where she worked complained that she was tying up parking in front of the building and asked her to move her car back. This became a big dispute that led to her being fired.

From then on, police interviewing people in and around her life say that she was suffering from other emotional issues that came to the attention of the police in Stamford, Miller reports.

But there's still a gap in what specifically led to Thursday's events.

At mid-afternoon, Carey's car was surrounded by police on Capitol Hill.

The officers tried to pin the car against a sidewalk barrier, but she rammed a cruiser and sped away. Numerous officers opened fire.

"I heard the gunshots, and then the car tore out of the area back, you know, toward this direction with the police cars following," witness Peter Plocky told reporters.
The vehicle raced around the west front of the Capitol building and then a short time later the car jumped a curb and came to a stop on the east side of the Capitol.

The driver was shot multiple times by Secret Service and Capitol Police officers. She was later pronounced dead.

The driver was not armed when she engaged police in downtown Washington, but investigators say she was clearly using the black coupe as a weapon, and officers responded, opening fire, ending what they saw as a threat.

Miller reports the police shooting will be examined in an administrative review of the agencies involved.

Carey's young daughter, who was in the car during the entire chase, was rescued unharmed after the shooting.

"The child is approximately a year old and is in good condition and in protective custody," Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters.

The bizarre incident began at the southeast corner of the White House.

Sources say Carey's car deliberately rammed into a security barricade and then fled. Uniformed Secret Service officers then gave chase at high speeds down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol.

FBI agents were seen visiting the home of Carey's mother in Brooklyn, N.Y., hours after the drama ended.

Donald Knowles is a friend who saw Carey just a few days ago.

"She was all smiles," said Knowles, "like she didn't have a care in the world."

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ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 2:32 PM, Oct. 03, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - A law enforcement official says a shooting at the United States Capitol is related to a vehicle that tried to ram a security barricade at the White House.

The official says a driver tried to drive through a barricade that blocks the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to vehicles. The driver then proceeded down Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill, where shots were fired.

The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the incident by name and insisted on anonymity.


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